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Man dies after dinghy capsizes off Sanday in Orkney

One man has died and another is in hospital after the dinghy they were in capsized off the island of Sanday in Orkney.

The men made it ashore themselves at Otterswick following the incident at about 20:30 on Sunday.

One, aged 54, was taken to the Balfour Hospital but was pronounced dead.

The other, aged 50, was flown by Coastguard helicopter to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

Insp Alicen Winston, Police Scotland, said: "Firstly I would like to say that my thoughts are obviously with all those involved in what appears to be a very tragic accident.

"In saying this, inquiries are at a very early stage and I would ask that anyone with information about what happened or anyone who was in the area around the time in question to contact police."

Second accident

She added: "It's understood that the men had been sailing in a dinghy in the Sanday area in the lead-up to this incident. As such I would appeal to anyone who might have seen them and could assist officers to also get in touch on 101.

"I would encourage members of the public to take extreme care when out near any body of water.

"Unfortunately this is the second tragic incident we have experienced in Orkney in the space of a month and I would urge those involved in any pursuits in or near water to be conscious of the dangers and to use appropriate safety equipment."

Two brothers died during a fishing trip in the Loch of Boardhouse area of Orkney last month.

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